Sierra Designs Nomad 6.1


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Posted by Sean McFarland on March 26, 2006:

Tent Type: 3-Season
Make and Model: Sierra Designs Nomad 6.1
Sleeping Capacity: 6
Review: When looking to replace my well worn Eureka Equinox 6, Sierras Nomad 6.1 caught my attention. With its great looks and supposed "heavier duty than a Bedoin" desciption from my local outfitter I was sold. I have had excellent long term performance from my 5 Eurekas over the last 24 years but wanted to try something different. What a mistake. To my horror first time out I had 4 puddles inside the tent on the floor and a wet sleeping bag and pad! It did rain very hard but my friends brand new Equidome EC was bone dry in the same conditions. After all my bragging about my new "alfa tent " I was eating crow big time! After careful examination it was apparent the yellow velcro straps that secure the tent fly to the poles at the 4 main tie downs were leaking through the stitching even while taped at the factory. Pretty sad for a $575.can premium tent. So, I had to seam grip the 4 corners inside and out, and use floor sealer on the seams running to the top of the fly above the main tie downs to stop the leaking. Kind of like the refirb I just finished on my 24 year old Timberline 4, except again this was after the first time out for the Sierra Nomad 6.1. The bigger dissapointment was how Sierra responded to my feedback.The Canadian office never responded to my email about a major issue with a premium product. The US office sent me what looked like an automated reply form a company they must outsourse cutomer service to called Summit Hut.It stated they would "forward my comments" No direct reply was ever recieved from Sierra Designs. I guess they could care less about their customers once the money is spent. My first and last Sierra Designs tent. Eureka over the years has provided incredible customer service here in Canada, even when it was my fault for damaging the tent. In the mid /upper priced tent catagory I reccomend staying away from Sierra Designs.I fell for the nice looks and slick marketing. That won`t help you that much when your clothes / sleeping bag are wet and you have to spend a day with the fly staked out on the lawn waiting for the sealers to dry. Buyer beware!



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